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13th Amendment: The Abolition of Slavery (1865)

January 10, 2018
The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. Though slaves had been declared free by President Lincoln's 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, their status after the American Civil War was uncertain. Amendment XIII was ratified by the required number of states on December 6, 1865.

A transcript of the original document is available here.
amendment
Amendment XIII contains just 43 words: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime.
involuntary
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...
servitude
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude...
punishment
...except as a punishment for crime...
duly
...whereof the party shall have been duly convicted...
convict
...except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted...
exist
...shall exist within the United States...
subject
...or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
jurisdiction
...or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Congress
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
enforce
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
article
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
legislation
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

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